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October 22, 2013

Police: Man drops cocaine at GT Mall

TRAVERSE CITY — A Lake Ann man was arraigned on charges he left something at the food court in the Grand Traverse Mall that he didn’t purchase from a store.

Police arrested Michael Paul Modreski, 29, after he allegedly dropped a bag of cocaine at the mall and then injected heroin in the Target bathroom.

Modreski was arrested in August and recently charged with one count of possession with intent to deliver 50 to 499 grams of a controlled substance and two counts of possession with intent to deliver less than 50 grams of a controlled substance.

He’s being held at the Grand Traverse County jail on a $250,000 bond and faces up to 20 years in jail.

Modreski caught the eye of mall security officers in August when they found a plastic bag containing a white, powdery substance — tests showed it was cocaine — where he had been sitting in the food court, according to a police report.

Police arrived on the scene and confirmed that the bag was filled with drugs.

By then Modreski had wandered into the Target bathroom. A police officer reported he found Modreski, identifiable by his bright, blue tennis shoes, in a stall. The police officer decided to wait for him outside the facilities, but could hear bustling and moaning inside, according to the report.

When Modreski emerged from the restroom he had a bandage on his right forearm and appeared “disheveled, incoherent and agitated,” according to the police report.

Police say they pulled Modreski aside, searched him and uncovered a cigarette pack filled with cigarettes, as well as two small yellow pieces of paper containing a brown powder that police suspected was heroin, according to the report. Police also found a thin black rope commonly used to tie someone’s arm when they take intravenous drugs.

Modreski also had $5,889 in cash in his pants pocket and several used needles in his backpack, according to the report. Police also reported that Modreski had two cellphones, both of which displayed nicknames as they rang.

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